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Lights, Camera, Action…Nerves!

Tonight I participated in my first panel discussion. Last week I received an email inviting me to be a part of a panel hosted by A Healthier Charlotte to discuss childhood and adult obesity.

I had some major butterflies going into the discussion. My fellow panelists were two physicians and the founder of Girls on the Run. I tried to focus on contributing in a fitness capacity and not speaking outside of my area of expertise.

The really fun part came after the panel discussion. I was asked to film fitness segments where I coached the host, Bobby, through a variety of exercises. They are planning to film a whole series of panels on different topics and they will include one of my fitness segments in each episode. The episode I taped today will go live on Tuesday. I will post the link!

I selected a variety of exercises that hit every major muscle group and were doable for all fitness levels.

I felt much more comfortable filming the fitness segments than the panel. I could talk about squats, lunges and planks all day! 😉

I really enjoyed working with A Healthier Charlotte and I am looking forward to partnering with them on more projects in the future!

I taught BodyPump at 6 a.m. and then headed to the studio immediately after class to get an ashtanga practice in. Breakfast was a cinnamon raisin English muffin before BodyPump and an iced coffee and Greek yogurt with granola and fruit after ashtanga.

I spent most of the day prepping for tonight’s filming. I broke for lunch and made a salad with a Trader Joe’s Masala burger, spinach, peas, avocado, artichoke hearts, apples, dried cranberries and goat cheese. Homemade honey dijon lemon vinaigrette. So good.

And dinner tonight after the shoot was quinoa, salmon with Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki and green beans. Salmon is one of the only “meats” that I truly crave and it was so delicious tonight. It was wild caught Alaskan. I really prefer the flavor and texture of wild caught to farm raised.  This healthy and simple dinner was completely satisfying.

Happy Friday!!!!!!

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  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 29, 2011, 10:33 pm

    I have to say, I am so jealous of your meals.

  • Sana September 29, 2011, 10:44 pm

    So fun! I am sure your segments are great 🙂 I love planks and lunges too!

    • Jen September 30, 2011, 11:28 am

      they are the best!!!

  • Cristen Floyd September 29, 2011, 10:46 pm

    You had an amazing day! So proud of you.

  • Lisa D September 29, 2011, 11:01 pm

    Wow! What an amazing opportunity and panel to be a part of. Sounds like a great organization. Have a good weekend.

    • Jen September 30, 2011, 11:28 am

      thanks lisa! you too!

  • Danielle September 29, 2011, 11:20 pm

    What a great opportunity! Congrats!
    That lemon dijon dressing sounds amazing…if it isn’t too much trouble could I get the recipe? I know you have posted about it before but I am not very good at “free-pouring” when it comes to creating dressings so it would be great if you could give some measurements and serving sizes:) If not-no worries!

    thank you so much!

    • Danielle September 29, 2011, 11:25 pm

      I actually just found the post where you discussed your dressing and I you explained it quite well so I think I am good to go! Sorry to bother you! xo

      • Jen September 30, 2011, 11:27 am

        no bother! i also have a post on homemade dressings on the “to blog about” list!

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad September 30, 2011, 5:06 am

    how cool is that?! did they just contact you out of the blue?? can’t wait to watch the link!

    TGIF 🙂

    • Jen September 30, 2011, 11:27 am

      i think it all happened thanks to social media/twitter/blog. yay!

  • erin September 30, 2011, 8:17 am

    How exciting! Can’t wait to see the segment.

  • Jen September 30, 2011, 8:28 am

    Ahh how fun Jen! I cannot think of a better person to do the fitness segments 🙂

    • Jen September 30, 2011, 11:26 am

      thanks girl! 😀

  • Katy Widrick September 30, 2011, 10:07 am

    I work in and on TV and Radio for a living and it’s STILL scary for me! Great job…here’s to future segments!

    • Jen September 30, 2011, 11:25 am

      that is reassuring to hear! i would definitely love to continue these types of appearances in the future!

  • Alaina September 30, 2011, 11:00 am

    That is so cool! You look like you’re having a good time with the fitness segment. 🙂

    I want your arms. I need to know your ways. 😉

    • Jen September 30, 2011, 11:26 am

      i am going to get going with a series of strength training and yoga posts very soon!

  • Sarah September 30, 2011, 12:41 pm

    Very cool girlfriend!! You are a total rockstar!!

  • Joanna Bodie September 30, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Amazing amazing amazing!!!! What a great experience! You should be prou of yourself! Can’t wait to see the segment! PS: I love your posts where Sullie makes an appearance… We have a 12 week old Golden puppy 🙂 we’ve had him since he was 8 weeks and he’s the best dog.

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 30, 2011, 2:15 pm

    Great job getting that media attention! I’m sure you rocked it. And who doesn’t love that stage lighting – makes your guns look loaded! haha 🙂

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